Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Latest Posts

Dissecting Intel's Centrino hype

It is almost impossible to judge whether or not any particular component is to blame for poor performance compared to an identically configured (but un-branded) machine.

July 13, 2005 by Marc Wagner

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For fans of Hungarian notation

For programmers who have been curious about the origins and history of Hungarian notation, Charles Simonyi sheds ample light on the topic in a recent posting...

July 13, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Big brains for the police

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is experimenting with a squad-car-mounted image processing system that detects and reads license plates, then matches them against a list of stolen cars' plate numbers. During one night of testing, four squad cars automatically looked up more than 12,000 plates, which resulted in seven recovered cars and three arrests.

July 12, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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Construction firm extolls virtues of Dell's blades

Over the last year, one of ZDNet's more loyal readers has been keeping in touch with me, letting me know what he thinks of the various products, services, and companies we cover on ZDNet.  He asked not to be identified other than by his title -- general manager of IT at one of the world's largest construction and engineering firms.

July 12, 2005 by David Berlind

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Contradiction in prevention of cell-phone controlled bombs?

By now, on the heels of the bombings in London, you've probably picked up on the debate regarding the use of cell phones in tunnels.   Immediately after the bombings, cellular phone service was discontinued in the four major tunnels leading into New York City's burrough of Manhattan.

July 12, 2005 by David Berlind

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Apache falls victim to OASIS patent shelter

Ever since a debacle with ebXML (subsequently diffused) and, later, the way the Web Services Interoperability organization (the WS-I) selected Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) as the venue for "ratifying" certain Web services standards (as opposed to going through the more IP-progressive World Wide Web consortium -- the W3C), I've been meaning to out OASIS for what I think it really is: a patent shelter.

July 11, 2005 by David Berlind

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AMD responds to ZDNet reader's inquiry

In reponse to my ongoing coverage of AMD's Turion 64 processor (a 64-bit capable mobile chip for the "thin & light" notebook market), ZDNet reader Bradley Coleman wrote in to find out why notebook manufacturers were choosing to go with the more power hungry of AMD's Turions rather than something that consumes less power.  Wrote Coleman: I think [the Turion] is a great chip.

July 11, 2005 by David Berlind

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Fair use vs. unfair use

I couldn't agree more with John Carroll's sentiments regarding the use of DRM to protect the intellectual property of the individual. After all, that was the original intent of copyright law -- to protect authors and to make it economically feasible for publishers to publish an author's works.

July 10, 2005 by Marc Wagner

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